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Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.

Over the course of this project, PFC decided it was not enough for their crew just to record and share this music with the world; they wanted to create a way to give back to the musicians and their communities that had shared so much with them.

In 2007 was created the Playing for Change Foundation, a separate 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation whose mission is to do just that.

Musicians from all over the world are brought together to perform benefit concerts that build music and art schools in communities that are in need of inspiration and hope. In addition to benefit concerts, the Playing for Change band also performs shows around the world. When audiences see and hear musicians who have traveled thousands of miles from their homes, united in purpose and chorus on one stage, everyone is touched by music’s unifying power.

Everyone can participate in this transformative experience by joining the Playing for Change Movement. People are hosting screenings, musicians are holding benefit concerts of every size, fans are spreading the message of Playing for Change through our media, and this is only the beginning.

”Together we will connect the world through music!’‘ ~ Playing For Change 

Meet Mark Johnson , Co-Founder of Playing For Change

Mark Johnson is a Grammy Award Winning Producer / Engineer and Award Winning Film Director. For the past decade Mark has worked with some of the most renowned musicians and producers in the music, film, and television industries. As the co-founder of the Playing for Change documentaries, Mark has been perfecting an innovative, mobile technique for recording musicians outside all over the world, and combining them together to create “Songs Around the World.” Mark is also the Chairman of the Board for the Playing for Change Foundation, and has dedicated his life to connecting the world through music.

Mark once asked Roger Ridley why with such a powerful voice like his, why he was singing on the streets, and he replied: “I am in the joy business, I come out here to be with the people.” 

Mark Johnson, Linda Taylor and Elliot Mintz coming together to support Rett Syndrome Research Trust through the power of music & Playing For Change band to REVERSE Rett.

Playing For Change band rehearsing in Los Angeles,  joins RSRT team to REVERSE Rett Syndrome.

Mark Johnson & Hannah Epstein diagnosed with Rett Syndrome,  together to REVERSE Rett !

Please join the Playing For Change movement and together we’ll help INSPIRE people from around the world to come together through music !!!


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